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Kory Mathewson is a Senior Research Scientist with DeepMind and an Associate Industry Member at Mila - the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute in Montreal, Canada. Kory holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. His research focuses on understanding intelligent interaction between humans and machines, most recently in the domains of interactive, conversational systems and creative applications of artificial intelligence.

Featured Projects:

  1. Dramatron – Co-Writing Screenplays and Theatre Scripts with Language Models: An Evaluation by Industry Professionals.
  2. Communicative capital – A key resource for human–machine shared agency and collaborative capacity.

Education #

2014 – 2019 - Doctor of Philosophy in Science in Computing Science #

Thesis: Humour-in-the-loop: Improvised Theatre with Humans and Machines Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
Supervised by Dr. Patrick Pilarski

2011 – 2014 - Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering #

Thesis: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Blood Flow and Blood Oxygenation during Exercise
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
Co-supervised by Dr. Richard B. Thompson and Dr. Mark Haykowsky

2005 – 2010 - Bachelor of Science in Electrical (Biomedical) Engineering #

Research topic: Combined Photoacoustic and Ultrasound Biomicroscopy
Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta
Supervised by Dr. Roger Zemp

Work Experience #

Publications #

  1. Mathewson KW, Parker ASR, Sherstan C, Edwards AL, Sutton RS, Pilarski PM. (2022) Communicative capital: a key resource for human–machine shared agency and collaborative capacity.
  2. Mirowski P, Mathewson KW, Pittman J, Evans R. (2022) Co-Writing Screenplays and Theatre Scripts with Language Models: An Evaluation by Industry Professionals.
  3. Kalinowska A, Davoodi E, Strub F, Mathewson KW, Kajic I, Bowling M, Murphey T, Pilarski P. (2022) Over-communicate no more: Situated RL agents learn concise communication protocols.
  4. Wispinski NJ, Butcher A, Mathewson KW, Chapman CS, Botvinick MM, Pilarski PM. (2022) Adaptive patch foraging in deep reinforcement learning agents.
  5. Many Authors. (2022) Beyond the Imitation Game: Quantifying and extrapolating the capabilities of language models.
  6. Baird A, Tzirakis P, Gidel G, Jiralerspong M, Muller EB, Mathewson KW, Schuller B, Cambria E, Keltner D, Cowen A. (2022) The ICML 2022 Expressive Vocalizations Workshop and Competition: Recognizing, Generating, and Personalizing Vocal Bursts.
  7. Mathewson KW, Pilarski PM. (2022) A Brief Guide to Designing and Evaluating Human-Centered Interactive Machine Learning.
  8. Kalinowska A, Davoodi E, Strub F, Mathewson KW, Murphey T, Pilarski P. (2022) Situated Communication: A Solution to Over-communication between Artificial Agents.
  9. Ossenkopf M, Luck KS, Mathewson KW. (2022) Which Language Evolves Between Heterogeneous Agents?-Communicating Movement Instructions With Widely Different Time Scopes.
  10. Kalinowska A, Davoodi E, Mathewson KW, Murphey T, Pilarski PM. (2022) Towards Situated Communication in Multi-Step Interactions: Time is a Key Pressure in Communication Emergence.
  11. Cultural General Intelligence Team. (2022) Learning Robust Real-Time Cultural Transmission without Human Data.
  12. Chaabouni R, Strub F, Altché F, Tarassov E, Tallec C, Davoodi E, Mathewson KW, Tieleman O, Lazaridou A, Piot B. (2022) Emergent Communication at Scale.
  13. Guo S, Ren Y, Mathewson KW, Kirby S, Albrecht SV, Smith K. (2021) Expressivity of Emergent Language is a Trade-off between Contextual Complexity and Unpredictability.
  14. Afsar MM, Park E, Paquette E, Gidel G, Mathewson KW, Muller E. (2021) Generating Diverse Realistic Laughter for Interactive Art.
  15. Ashley DR, Herrmann V, Friggstad Z, Mathewson KW, Schmidhuber J. (2021) Automatic Embedding of Stories Into Collections of Independent Media.
  16. Comer J, Work S, Mathewson KW, Cuthbertson L, Machine K. (2021) #ContextMatters: Advantages and Limitations of Using Machine Learning to Support Women in Politics.
  17. Branch B, Mirowski P, Mathewson KW (2021) Collaborative Storytelling with Human Actors and AI Narrators.
  18. Branch B, Efstratiou C, Mirowski P, Mathewson KW, Allain P (2021) Tele-Immersive Improv: Effects of Immersive Visualisations on Rehearsing and Performing Theatre Online.
  19. Santoro A, Lampinen A, Mathewson KW, Lillicrap T, Raposo D (2021) Symbolic behaviour in artificial intelligence.
  20. Swanson B, Mathewson KW, Pietrzak B, Chen S, Dinalescu M. Story Centaur: Large Language Model Few Shot Learning as a Creative Writing Tool.
  21. Many Authors at DeepMind. Imitating Interactive Intelligence.
  22. Camarena D, Gagliano P, Bakogeorge A, Counter N, Patel A, Blustein C, Ray E, Oppenheim D, Mingail L, Mathewson KW, Castro PS (2020) Agence: a dynamic film exploring multi-agent systems and human agency.
  23. Chen S, Pietrzak B, Mathewson KW, Kipnis A, Hoffman-John E(2020) Text to Dialog: Using Semantic Similarity to Extend Narrative Immersion in Virtual Worlds.
  24. Chen S, Kipnis A, Mathewson KW, Ysebert S, Pietrzak B, Cary D, Hoffman-John E (2020) Semantic Chat: Enabling Greater Believability through Voice Avatars in Multiplayer and Story-Driven Games.
  25. Prakash N, Mathewson KW (2020) Conceptualization and Framework of Hybrid Intelligence Systems.
  26. Guo S, Ren Y, Słowik A, Mathewson KW (2020) Inductive Bias and Language Expressivity in Emergent Communication.
  27. Mirowski P, Mathewson KW, Branch B, Winters T, Verhoeven B, Elfving J (2020) Rosetta Code: Improv in Any Language.
  28. Lösel G, Mirowski P, Mathewson KW, (2020) Do Digital Agents Do Dada?.
  29. Mathewson KW, Castro PS, Cherry C, Foster G, Bellemare MG (2020) Shaping the Narrative Arc: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Collaborative Dialogue.
  30. Mirowski P, Mathewson KW (2020) Art2: Artificial Intelligence in Artistic Performance.
  31. Cuthbertson L, Kearney A, Dawson R, Zawaduk A, Cuthbertson E, Gordon-Tighe A, Mathewson KW (2019) Women, politics and Twitter: Using machine learning to change the discourse.
  32. Winters T, Farrugia S, Mathewson KW (2019) TEDRIC: a Talk Exercise Designer for Realising Improvisational Comedy.
  33. Mirowski P and Mathewson KW (2019) Human Improvised Theatre Augmented with Artificial Intelligence.
  34. Mathewson KW (2019) A Human-Centered Approach to Interactive Machine Learning.
  35. Dziri N, Kamalloo E, Mathewson KW, Zaiane O (2019) Evaluating Coherence in Dialogue Systems using Entailment.
  36. Dziri N, Kamalloo E, Mathewson KW, Zaiane O (2018) Augmenting Neural Response Generation with Context-Aware Topical Attention.
  37. Winters T and Mathewson KW (2019) Automatically Generating Engaging Presentation Slide Decks.
  38. Eger M and Mathewson KW (2018) dAIrector: Automatic Story Beat Generation through Knowledge Synthesis.
  39. Mathewson KW and Mirowski P (2018) Improbotics: Exploring the Imitation Game using Machine Intelligence in Improvised Theatre.
  40. Travnik J, Mathewson KW, Sutton RS, and Pilarski PM (2018) Reactive Reinforcement Learning in Asynchronous Environments.
  41. Mathewson KW and Mirowski P (2017) Improvised Theatre as a Turing Test.
  42. Pilarski PM, Sutton R, Mathewson KW, Sherstan C, Parker ASR, Edwards AL (2017) Communicative Capital for Prosthetic Agents.
  43. Mathewson KW and Mirowski P (2017) Improvised Theatre Alongside Artificial Intelligences.
  44. Mathewson KW and Mirwoski P (2017) Artificial Improvisation: Improvisational Theatre with Deep Neural Networks and Robots.
  45. Mathewson KW and Pilarski PM (2017) Concurrent Human Control and Feedback Shaping for Robot Training with Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning.
  46. Mathewson KW and Pilarski PM (2017) Reinforcement Learning based Embodied Agents Modelling Human Users Through Interaction and Multi-Sensory Perception.
  47. Vega R, Sajed T, Mathewson KW, Khare K, Pilarski PM, Greiner R, Sanchez-Ante G, Antelis JM (2017) Assessment of feature selection and classification methods for recognizing motor imagery tasks from electroencephalographic signals.
  48. Mathewson KW, Pilarski PM (2016) Simultaneous Control and Human Feedback in the Training of a Robotic Agent with Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning.
  49. Thompson RB, Pagano JJ, Mathewson KW, Paterson I, Dyck JR, Kitzman DW, Haykowsky MJ (2016) Differential Responses of Post-Exercise Recovery of Leg Blood Flow and Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in HFpEF versus HFrEF.
  50. Pilarski PM, Sutton R, Mathewson KW (2015) Prosthetic Devices as Goal-Seeking Agents.
  51. Mathewson KW, Haykowsky MJ, Thompson RB (2015) Feasibility and reproducibility of measurement of whole muscle blood flow, oxygen extraction, and VO2 with dynamic exercise using MRI.
  52. Harrison T, Ranasinghesagara JC, Lu H, Mathewson KW, Walsh A, Zemp RJ (2009). Combined photoacoustic and ultrasound biomicroscopy.
  53. Ranasinghesagara JC, Jian Y, Chen X, Mathewson KW, Zemp RJ (2009) Photoacoustic technique for assessing optical scattering properties of turbid media.
  54. Zemp RJ, Ranasinghesagara JC, Jian Y, Chen X, Mathewson KW (2009) A photoacoustic method for optical scattering measurements in turbid media.
  55. Zemp RJ, Lu H, Mathewson KW, Ranasinghesagara J, Jiang Y, Walsh A, Chen X (2009) Development of a fast-scanning combined ultrasound-photoacoustic biomicroscope.
  56. Zemp RJ, Xuhui C, Huihong L, Yan J, Mathewson KW (2008) A new photoacoustic method for measuring optical transport green’s functions in turbid media.

Professional Service #

  1. Co-organizer for 2022 Royal Anthropological Institute Workshop on: Visions of the future of human-machine creative symbiosis.
  2. Co-organizer for 2022 ICML Expressive Vocalizations Workshop & Competition.
  3. Reviewer for 2022 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM), 8 articles.
  4. Reviewer for 2022 ICLR 2022 Workshop on Gamification and Multiagent Solutions, 3 articles.
  5. Reviewer for 2021 Thirty-fifth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, 3 articles.
  6. Reviewer for 2021 International Conference on Learning Representations, 3 articles.
  7. Reviewer for 2021 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2 articles.
  8. Co-organizer for 2020 Wordplay: When Language Meets Games, NeurIPS Workshop.
  9. Program Committee Reviewer Cooperative AI Workshop, NeurIPS 2020, 3 articles.
  10. Reviewer for 2020 Thirty-fourth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, Vancouver, Canada.
  11. Reviewer for 2020 International Conference on Computational Creativity, Coimbra, Portugal, 1 article.
  12. Reviewer for 2020 International Conference on Machine Learning, Vienna, Austria, 6 articles.
  13. Reviewer for 2019 Thirty-third Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, Vancouver, Canada, 7 articles.
  14. Reviewer for 2019 15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'19), Atlanta, USA, 2 articles.
  15. Reviewer for 2019 Experimental AI in Games workshop at 15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'19), Atlanta, USA, 2 articles.
  16. Chair; 2019 Playable Experience Track, 15th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'19), Atlanta, USA.
  17. Reviewer for 2019 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM), 7 extended abstracts.
  18. Reviewer for 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).
  19. Reviewer for 2017 Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM). Ann Arbor, USA, 4 extended abstracts.
  20. Reviewer for 2017 Adaptive Learning Agents Workshop at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, 2 articles.
  21. Reviewer for 2016 Thirtieth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, Barcelona, Spain, 4 articles.
  22. Co-Chair, 2016 Future of Interactive Learning Machines Workshop at Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.
  23. Reviewer for 2016 Future of Interactive Learning Machines Workshop at Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, 5 articles.
  24. Reviewer for 2016 IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, 1 article.

Extended Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations #

  1. Four Directions to Sail Your Ship: Internships, Scholarships, Entrepreneurship, and Mentorship. Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. Mar 4, 2022.
  2. The Future of ‘Live’ Theatre’. Campus Party. Nov 4, 2021. Slides.
  3. The Future of ‘Live’ Theatre’. MTL Connect. Oct 17, 2021.
  4. The Best Career Advice I Ever Got: “Say Yes”. University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research Invest in Your Future Career Symposium. November 16, 2018.
  5. Improbotics: Exploring the Imitation Game using Machine Intelligence in Improvised Theatre. AIIDE18. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. November 17, 2018.
  6. dAIrector: Automatic Story Beat Generation through Knowledge Synthesis. INT/WICED18 at AIIDE18. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. November 13, 2018.
  7. Improvised Comedy as a Turing Test. NeurIPS 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design. Long Beach, California, USA. December 9, 2017.
  8. Improvised Theatre Alongside Artificial Intelligences. 13th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'17). Snowbird, Utah, USA. October 8 2017
  9. Applying Interactive Machine Learning to Next-generation Prosthetics. Prairie Perception Action and Cognition Team (P-PACT), Canmore, Alberta, Canada. November 5, 2016.
  10. Pilarski PM, Sutton RS, Edwards AL, Sherstan C, Mathewson KW, Parker ASR, Hebert JS. Towards strong prosthetic machine intelligence. Cybathlon Symposium 2016, Zurich, Switzerland, October 6, 2016. (Poster and abstract.)
  11. Advances in Machine Learning for Control of Bionic Limbs. Forum for Artificial Intelligence. University of Texas at Austin. Austin, Texas, USA. Sep 3, 2016.
  12. Mathewson, KW, Pilarski, P.M. (2016) Simultaneous Control and Human Feedback in the Training of a Robotic Agent with Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning. 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Interactive Machine Learning Workshop. July 2016. New York, USA.
  13. Robots learning from human control and feedback. 10th Barbados Workshop on Reinforcement Learning. McGill’s Bellairs Institute. Holetown, Barbados.  Apr 27, 2016.
  14. Developing Machine Intelligence to Improve Bionic Limb Control. Smart Environments Research Center Distinguished Speaker Series. Washington State University, Feb 23 2016.
  15. Invited Keynote: Improv(e) your creativity - Creative Idea Generation. The 23rd Annual International Conference on Academic Integrity: Integrity in the Real World., Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  16. Prosthetic Limbs as Goal Seeking Agents. Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control Research Day, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  17. Don’t Shoot the Robot - Reaching for New Levels of Human/Machine Learning. Tea Time Talks - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  18. Stereovision and augmented reality for closed-loop control of grasping in hand prosthesis. Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control Journal Club, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  19. Interactive Reinforcement Learning - Human Generated Reward. Biomedical Engineering Summer Research Day, Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
  20. Feasibility and Reproducibility of Measurement of Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow, Oxygen Extraction and VO2 with Dynamic Exercise Using MRI. 2014 International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine Joint Annual Meeting. May 15, 2014. Milan, Lombardy, Italy.
  21. Feasibility and Reproducibility of Measurement of Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow, Oxygen Extraction and VO2 with Dynamic Exercise Using MRI. 2014 Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. June 19, 2014. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  22. Investigating Changes in Femoral Hemodynamics Immediately Post Exercise using MRI. 2013. Re:Engineering Leadership Conference. October 8, 2013. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  23. Simultaneously Measuring Blood Flow and Oxygen Consumption Immediately Pre- and Post-Exercise with MRI. 2013 Alberta Imaging Symposium. June 26, 2013. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  24. Investigating the Impact of Heart Failure on Cerebral Blood Flow During Exercise using MRI. 2012 Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. June 21, 2012. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  25. Imaging microvasculature with a fast-scanning combined ultrasound-photoacoustic biomicroscope and real-time display. 9th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference. October 25, 2008. Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  26. A Wireless Sensor Network to Monitor Brace Biomechanics in Scoliosis Treatment. 8th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference. October 20, 2007. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Awards and Honours #

  1. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) ($105000) Sep 2016 – Sep 2019
  2. Graduate Student Scholarship - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures ($63000) Sep 2016 – Sep 2019
  3. Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize ($5000) May 2017
  4. UofA Science Graduate Scholarship ($2000) Nov 2016
  5. President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, UAlberta ($10000) Sep 2016
  6. Graduate Research Award Rice Graduate Scholarship in Communications ($22000) Dec 2015
  7. Department of Computing Science Early Achievement Award Sep 2015
  8. Graduate Student Scholarship - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures ($26500) Sep 2015
  9. Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship - UAlberta ($5700) Sep 2015
  10. Alexander Graham Bell (CGS-M) - NSERC ($17500) Sep 2015
  11. Oral Presentation Winner, 2014 Engineering Graduate Research Symposium ($300) Jun 2014
  12. Graduate Students’ Association for Professional Development Award ($500) Apr 2014
  13. Intl. Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Travel Award Apr 2014
  14. Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research Graduate Travel Award ($1000) Feb 2014
  15. Graduate Program Scholarship - Dept. of Biomedical Engineering ($6500) Jan 2012
  16. 75th Anniversary Graduate Student Award - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry ($7000) Sep 2012
  17. Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Government of Alberta ($1000) Sep 2009
  18. Undergraduate Student Award - Alberta Ingenuity Fund Sep 2008
  19. Undergraduate Research Award - NSERC ($4500) Sep 2008
  20. Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholarship - UAlberta ($10000) Sep 2008
  21. Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence – Government of Alberta ($1000) Sep 2008
  22. William S Ziegler Leadership Award - UAlberta ($2750) Sep 2007
  23. Pat Heron Commemorative Bursary - Faculty of Engineering ($3500) Sep 2007
  24. Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Government of Alberta ($1000) Sep 2007
  25. William & Mary Hawrysh Memorial Leadership Entrance Scholarship - UAlberta ($3000) Sep 2006
  26. Academic Excellence Scholarship - Faculty of Engineering ($5000) Sep 2006
  27. Academic Excellence Scholarship - UAlberta ($5000) Sep 2006

Volunteer History #